A sigh to a scream, “I’ll Take The Bullet For You”, the fourth single, is an anthemic, guitar-laden plea for love and understanding, no matter the cost. The b-side, “Zenith/Nadir,” is an atmospheric instrumental that will take you from the dark side of the moon through a black hole and back in three minutes and change.
Also included with this single is a stunning remix by Cleo’s Apartment, as well as fabulous artwork by Brent Houzenga.
Listen to all 3 tracks from this single here.
Ps- Watch the “Zenith/Nadir” video created by Natalie Mirsky.
And a reminder to those of you who might not know what Golden Veins Singles Club is:
The first recordings from Golden Veins won’t be released as a traditional album, but will instead take the form of a year-long digital project dubbed the Golden Veins Singles Club. Every month, a new “digital 45” will be released, featuring two brand-new songs as well as a remix of the a-side.
In addition to purchasing singles individually, there are also four membership options available, which offer additional bonus materials and merchandise.
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Tagged 45s, alternative, brent houzenga, Cleo's Apartment, GOLDEN VEINS, i'll take the bullet for you, indie music, indie rock, singles club, zenith/nadir
In the giving spirit of the holiday season, Golden Veins presents “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)”; a comic/melancholic ode to Christmas alone and on the cheap, complete with synths and fa la las. A free song for all, regardless if you’ve been bad or good.
Here’s Ryan C. Meier from Golden Veins with some insight into the song’s creation:
Back in the winter of ’04, I was teaching English in Japan. It was at that time I realized just how ingrained Christmas is in US society and all the little details that make Christmas time feel like Christmas time. There was no four-day weekend at the end of November, no hustle and bustle in department stores, and no constant barrage of holiday songs playing over the loudspeakers in grocery stores. And frankly, the decorations that were up in public seemed kind of awkward and empty. I even had to work until 10 pm on Christmas Eve!
So for that month of December, I found myself feeling quite strange, as I knew Christmas was approaching, yet feeling no different from, say, the month of March. This song was the result of that month and I actually wrote and recorded it on my handy 8-track with the intent of sending it to my friends and family back home, but for whatever reason, never quite completed it.
Please enjoy this free download gift from us to you, and keep checking in for more Singles Club info!
The second single by Golden Veins is now streamable on their website: www.goldenveins.com. The official release date is 10/12/10.
A Kafkaesque fever dream, “Frantic Prayer” races via sinewy guitars and spacey electronics toward an inevitably tragic ending. The b-side, “Kicking The Tires,” is a rude awakening set to a pulsing beat. It’s disillusionment you can dance to.
This single also comes with two killer remixes, one by Purify, and one by Matt Bad (both of which are streaming on the website), as well as fantastic artwork by Jon Pearson.
And here’s a little something by the band about the A and B sides:
“Frantic Prayer” began life as a bare-bones demo Scott recorded ages ago. He had a cache with a fair amount of riffs and guitar lines that he presented to us, and I think this was the first of that group we worked on. I think the demo just went up to the part right before the ominous middle section, necessitating the writing of the ominous middle section. When we first played this live, we only played the rockin’ parts, so it was only about two minutes.
The melody took a while to write, as it’s a bit of a tricky song. The lyrics are about guilt.
KICKING THE TIRES
This is an anarchistic protest song which demonizes those in power while at the same time questioning society as a whole. It’s about dishonesty and control – the struggle to see through the former and regain the latter.
This song was first conceived about 6 years ago when I was living in Davis, California. The original demo was just a guitar and vocal, inspired by the large quantities of Billy Bragg that I had been consuming. That mess of an ending was actually rather simple and pretty at one point.
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Tagged anarchy, frantic prayer, GOLDEN VEINS, Golden Veins Singles Club, good music, independent band, independent music, indie music, iowa music, Kafka, kicking the tires, midwest music, music, new music, singles club
The Iowa based blog, Friends In The Band, recently interviewed Golden Veins about the Singles Club, songwriting, the music industry, records, etc.
Check it out HERE.
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Tagged best albums, friends in the band, GOLDEN VEINS, good music, independent bands, independent music, indie bands, indie music, music, music industry, singles club, songwriting, top records
THE SPECIAL GOODNESS
“LIFE GOES BY”
b/w “DAY IN THE AUTUMN”/”NATURAL” (DEMO)
You may know Pat Wilson best from his day job, drumming for Weezer. He’s been there since the beginning, Valentine’s Day 1992. But periodically over the course of the last 17 years, during various breaks and Rivers-induced hiatus periods, Pat turned his eyes to his other musical project, The Special Goodness. Acting as both songwriter and instrumentalist, the first Special Goodness record (known as the “Bunny Album”) was released in 1998 in Japan only during the long break between 1996’s Pinkerton and 2001’s The Green Album.
Three years later, At Some Point, Birds And Flowers Became Interesting was self-released and sold only at shows and online. In 2004, venerable punk label Epitaph picked up The Special Goodness (now augmented by former Offspring and future Angels And Airwaves drummer Atom Willard) and re-released their third album, Land Air Sea, which had come out the year before on N.O.S. Records. Prior to the move, N.O.S. issued the track “Life Goes By” as a single to promote their release of the album.
Having previously appeared as a different recording on At Some Point, “Life” appears on Land Air Sea in basically the same arrangement as its previous version, with minor instrumental changes. A song about living your life before it gets away from you, “Life Goes By” is served well by Wilson’s distinct singing voice and slightly off-kilter vocal melody; he also supplies a nice melodic solo that attests to his love of Britpop. Rivers has praised Pat’s guitar ability before, saying his playing on The Red Album‘s “Automatic” (Wilson’s first solo writing credit for Weezer; he is credited with co-writing “My Name Is Jonas”, “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here” & “Surf Wax America”) was the best on the record. It was also, in my humble opinion, the only one of the songs contributed by the non-Rivers Weezer members that actually fit in with the rest of Red, largely because Pat shares Rivers ear for crunchy, melodic pop rock songs. Perhaps in the wake of Red, he’ll contribute more material to his day job. If not, there will surely be another Special Goodness album waiting in the wings.
Video (directed by Weezer right-hand man Karl Koch):
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Tagged ATom Willard, Automatic, Day in the Autumn, Epitaph, Karl Koch, Land Air Sea, Life Goes By, My Name is Jonas, N.O.S. Records, Patrick Wilson, Pinkerton, Rivers Cuomo, singles club, Surf Wax America, The Green Album, The Red Album, The Special Goodness, weezer, weezer side project
“THE HARDEST PART”
b/w “HOW YOU SEE THE WORLD” (Live at Earl’s Court)
There’s this phenomenon I’ve noticed. It’s the fourth single phenomenon. Typically, if a band releases a fourth single from whatever album they’re promoting at the time, it means that that album has probably done very well for itself. It means that the first, radio-friendly pop song has done well, then the second single (possibly/probably a ballad of some sort) has met or maybe even exceeded its predecessor’s success and the third, perhaps another pop song or more of a “rocker”, maybe did slightly less well than those two BUT well enough to warrant a fourth single a.k.a. wring the last drops outta that cash cow. This sounds cynical (maybe it is), but truth be told I actually like fourth singles…often more than first ones. At this point, the band and album have enough success that they can release something that’s not quite as immediate as what came before, and promote it in a way that’s maybe a bit more weird. Which brings us to “The Hardest Part”, the fourth single to be taken from Coldplay’s 2005 album X & Y.
Now I realize I just used “weird” and “Coldplay” next to each other, which some may think is an oxymoron. And “The Hardest Part” is not a weird song…apparently, it’s meant as a musical tribute of sorts to R.E.M., and its piano-based, rock-ballady sound doesn’t deviate from what most people associate with Coldplay. But I think it’s a strong song, it’s got a nice Johnny Buckland solo, and in a strange way, the looped repetition of the intro and outro remind me of a slowed down “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones. What’s weird is the video. Check it out!
I enjoy it. And it makes for a nice fourth single, one that for me is more memorable than something like “Fix You”, upon which higher expectations are placed. I’ve got a soft spot for it. And most fourth singles in general.
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